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If you really want not to miss all the highlights Greece has to offer and if you have extra time, then we recommend you consider Rhodes Island (2 days), Paros Island (2 days), a natural site called Meteora (2 days), a village called Monemvasia (1 day), a daytrip from Monemvasia to the Mani Peninsula, Corfu Island (2 days) and a daytrip from Corfu Town to the islands of Paxi and Antipaxos. Ask us for details.
A medieval town protected by fortification and graced by a maze of streets featuring inviting restaurants, cafés and shops, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the beautiful island capital that is Rhodes Town - an architectural gem of the Aegean Sea. Other treasures of this fairly populace and self-sustaining island include the village of Lindos and its acropolis, castles, archeological remains, rocky and scenic mountains, exotic beaches, and clear and calm waters along the southern coast.
Taken as a whole, Rhodes successfully balances its heritage with being a tourist-friendly and relatively well-organized destination. Noteworthy, however, is that the northern coast has given way to package tourism. At least in July, and especially August when tourists pack the island, this area is best known for its resorts, windsurfing activities, and hot-and-heavy nightlife. Ultimately, Rhodes is what you want it to be: a paradise for partygoers, a retreat for families, and/or an island home of rich culture and well-preserved traditions.
Paros looks and feels exactly like a quintessential Greek island: a maze of blue and white buildings packed with all kinds of shops, romantic restaurants dotted along the calm and clear sea, stars shining from far above, and music that makes reality temporarily forgotten – and that’s just a description of the old town. Perhaps even more of a draw is the beach scene. Although not as world renowned as nearby Mykonos, Paros is no less enticing. Whether you seek rest and relaxation or whether you enjoy wondering aimlessly, this relatively small island would be a great choice for you.
One of the largest and most impressive Eastern Orthodox complexes in all of Greece, Meteora is home of stunning monasteries perched onto surreal-looking and seemingly unapproachable sandstone rock pillars (there are steps). You will need a full day to visit all six monasteries. Note: some of them may be closed depending on when you go. Make sure to begin your day bright and early. Majestic Meteora is a place known to put visitors in touch with both nature and spirituality. Those who wish to stay near to the complex commonly base themselves in Kalabaka.
Uninterrupted by modern structures, Peloponnese’s own Monemvasia is a partially fortified and charming village that clings onto a relatively high and rocky mountain. This natural landmark is sprinkled with rather colorful and diverse flowers, is romantically illuminated at night, and offers great views of the old medieval town. No less attractive are the clean, clear, and calm waters running along Monemvasia and far beyond. If all that isn’t enough, thanks to its location within the agricultural heartland of this historic nation, Monemvasia is home of some of the Mediterranean's richest cuisine - wines, seafood, vegetables, and fruits. Near the rocky mountain, and right across the bridge, is a “new town,” where local dishes are best enjoyed while dining along the pebbly beaches. Almost anyone who visits this underrated destination will quickly discover that it ranks among Greece’s finest.
Venetian in appearance yet mostly dating from the neoclassical British period, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Corfu Town is characterized by its palaces, churches, maze of narrow and stone-paved streets, squares, seashore promenade, trendy restaurants and cafes, and its two imposing castles that provide clear views of it all. What’s more, the town is the capital of a small and mountainous island that features verdant scenery, exotic beaches, and clear waters. Seasonally popular Corfu is otherwise known for exceptional nightlife.
Corfu became one of the first-visited islands during Greece’s tourism boom in the 1960s. Although areas of Corfu fell to mass commercialism and overdevelopment, fortunately the island still provides many natural and unspoiled charms. Package tourists tend to lodge outside of the capital. If you are seeking an authentic experience, then you should find accommodation in the old town. Here is where you are likely to meet some of the most cultured and friendly islanders in all of Greece.
Paxos & Antipaxos
The west coast of Paxos is dominated by steep white, chalky cliffs that are greatly eroded at sea level. Paxos harbors many 'blue caves', which can be explored on launches departing from Gaios. Antipaxos is famous for its wine as well as for two of the finest sand beaches in the Ionian Sea.